When I did my iPhone work, it was back in 2009 before this document even existed, so it's good they've come some distance on this issue since then. Still, the document below doesn't break the dependency on the iTunes store and/or a digital certificate issued by Apple to download applications (if I'm reading page 63 right), which was the big sticking point of the contract. Not only did the user not want the network controlled by Apple (which this document does handle), they also didn't want the code seen by any outside source at all (aka via uploading it to the store)....
David K. Uspal
Technology Development Specialist
Falvey Memorial Library
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They now have an enterprise app deployment mechanism.
On 2011-08-23, at 12:54 PM, David Uspal wrote:
> Then again, by selecting the iPad you're essentially tethered to Apple's iron grip of the iWorld via its iTunes vetting process and strict control of Apple hardware. YMMV on this depending on what you're doing, but it should definitely be a consideration when choosing between Android tablets and the iPad.
> Quick side story -- we had to drop a contract one time at my old job due to the customer proprietary requirements. The customer didn't want to release its developed software outside of house (minus the developers of course) and Apple wouldn't give them a waiver from using the iTunes store. Mind you, this was a very big company with resources, so Apple probably lost a 5000 unit sale due to this....
> David K. Uspal
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> Let's not forget a far superior user experience.
> Stephen X. Flynn
> Emerging Technologies Librarian
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> On Aug 22, 2011, at 12:56 PM, Madrigal, Juan A wrote:
>> I would definitely go with the iPad. More accessories, better support and
>> Juan Madrigal
>> Web Developer
>> Web and Emerging Technologies
>> University of Miami
>> Richter Library
>> On 8/22/11 11:19 AM, "Dan Funk" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> There is a good discussion here about Android vs iPad based tables for
>>> use as Kiosks - lots of good information to consider.
>>> I'd love to hear what you end up doing.
>>> On Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM, Kyle Banerjee <[log in to unmask]>
>>>> On Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 5:48 AM, Edward Iglesias
>>>> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>>>> Apologies if this has been covered already but do any of you have
>>>>> using iPads as kiosks? We would like to set up several as directional
>>>>> beacons with a sot of "you are here" feature. I've found several apps
>>>>> the kiosk feature but the home button seems to be an issue.
>>>>> include a case that locks out the home button such as this
>>>> For kiosks, it seems like wifi chromebooks might be a decent option.
>>>> cheaper than ipads, can't do anything other than browse the web, and
>>>> easy to plug in external peripherals like keyboards, mice, and monitors.
>>>> Kyle Banerjee
>>>> Digital Services Program Manager
>>>> Orbis Cascade Alliance
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